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Free seed distribution and planting workshop

Please join fellow community members in sorting organic heirloom non-GMO seeds and learn three different hands-on methods of planting seeds Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Rifle Branch Library.

Participants will receive free seeds and educational hand-outs and healthy light snacks will be served. And, you can sign up to volunteer for any of a variety of tasks that help us grow and distribute food to our food insecure neighbors and Lift-Up.

People new to gardening are welcome to attend and CSU Extension Colorado Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist and answer your questions. The event will run from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 970-704-9535.

Spellebration on March 4

With the theme “Passport to Literacy: Around the World in 80 Words,” Literacy Outreach will host Spellebration 2016 on Friday, March 4, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Colorado. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Spellebration is an adult spelling bee which serves as a major annual fundraiser for Literacy Outreach and the CMC Learning Labs. Teams of three costumed spellers make their way through increasingly challenging list of words. Teams can purchase a pass to another word or buy the help of the expert speller. While definitely competitive, the aim of Spellebration is to let everyone have a good time.

“Passport to Literacy” gives emphasis to the goals of both Literacy Outreach and CMC’s Learning Labs. The theme provides the opportunity for teams to dress in the native costumes of the world’s cultures or, alternately, to adopt other travel-related costumes. The joys and trials of travel will be celebrated throughout the evening.

An essential part of the entertainment is the annual silent auction, always crowded with treasures.

Anyone willing to join in the fun and also support literacy in Garfield County is encouraged to assemble a team, locate a sponsor, chose a costume and come play with the festive crowd on March 4. To sign up, or to get more information, call Literacy Outreach at 970-945-5282.

In addition, local businesses that would like to sponsor a team can call Literacy Outreach, as can donors who wish to contribute to the silent auction.


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